Julie Flanagan (instructor)
Julie Flanagan, 200 CYT and 500 Yoga Therapist, has been teaching for 9 years. Julie began yoga asana practices to relieve a very troubled and painful back, which she’d been suffering since childhood. With scoliosis, degenerated discs, an extra lumbar vertebra and extensive arthritis throughout, she actually walked with a cane and utilized a wheelchair in airports, etc. As a last ditch effort to avoid going under “the knife” she began very gently, moving just as much as she could manage more than 12 years ago. After months of improvement and a growing love of the yoga practice Julie wished to share the gifts of yoga with others suffering ‘bad backs.’
Julie first studied with the Subtle Yoga 250 hour yoga Teacher Training program with Kristine Kaoverii Weber. The Subtle Yoga system is a well-rounded philosophy encompassing all 8 limbs of yoga. Julie again participated in and completed the intensive Subtle Yoga & Sarva Health Systems’ Yoga Therapist 500 hour training.
Encouraging ‘deep breathing’ and various asana, stretching, restorative practices and meditation techniques she believes that connection with the body is necessary in healing and will work well with western style medicine.
In Julie’s class starts with mindful focus on centering breath, and intention, and continues utilization of breath work or pranayama throughout the practice. Asana’s are movements or postures that with the breath and intention lead to grace and help us to heal, gaining freedom from pain in our body, mind and spirit.
Julie was born in Texas, grew up in Nebraska and has lived in North Carolina for nearly 10 years. She most loves her family and friends, and adores her two sweet pups: Gibbons and Grady. She lives in Huntersville.